Gannon University’s Erie Chamber Orchestra Announces 2015-16 Season

Roman MekinulovPosted: September 17, 2015
Roman Mekinulov, cello soloist for the Erie Chamber Orchestra's season-opening concert

The Erie Chamber Orchestra, with cellist Roman Mekinulov will open its 2015-16 season under the direction of Matthew Kraemer, music director, on Saturday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Cathedral Prep Auditorium, 250 W. 10th St. The concert is free.

For years, the ECO's series of free concerts have been a highlight of Friday nights in Erie, but the downbeat for the first concert of the 2015-16 season will come on Saturday.

It's a big change, and music director Matthew Kraemer is aware of the significance. "It's a logical step. Saturdays are the traditional night for classical music in this country."

The move to Saturday night concerts aren't the only big news to come from Erie's Little Orchestra That Could. The coming season features a multimedia tribute to Harry T. Burleigh, a production of "Madama Butterfly," a live concert where the orchestra will accompany a screening of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" and the appearance of Midori, one of the world's most accomplished violinists, Midori.

Saturday's concert is no throwaway, either. It features only the third performance of' "Concierto en Tango" by Uruguayan- born Miguel del Aguila. Buffalo Philharmonic cellist Roman Mekinulov gave the world premiere performance with his orchestra, and he will be the soloist Saturday in Cathedral Prep Auditorium.

"He's a brilliant cellist who plays with an enormous and beautiful sound," Kraemer said. "He also loves football and has a terrific personality."

Kraemer also counts the composer as one of his friends, and he will be on hand on Saturday, but not as a spectator. The concerto has a prominent piano part and del Aguila will play it.

The Spanish-themed program will also include the suite from Manuel de Falla's ballet "El Amor Brujo," the "Petite Suite" by Falla's teacher Claude Debussy and the overture "Los esclavos felices" by the doomed 19th-century Spaniard Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga.

The latter piece was on the program for Kraemer's audition concert three years ago. "Anybody who was there can hear how far this orchestra has come," he said.

For more information on the Erie Chamber Orchestra, click here.


 Erie Chamber Orchestra Season At A Glance

"Psycho" with Orchestra

Saturday, October 31, 2015, 8 p.m. Warner Theatre, 811 State St.

Midori with violinist Midori
Saturday, November 21, 2015, 7:30 p.m. 

Cathedral Prep Auditorium, 250 W. Tenth St.

A Family Christmas

Saturday, December 12, 2015, 7:30 p.m. Cathedral Prep Auditorium, 250 W. Tenth St.

Adaptations and Adorations with James Thompson, trumpet 

Saturday, January 16, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Cathedral Prep Auditorium, 250 W. Tenth St.

Deep River: The Music of Harry T. Burleigh and Antonin Dvorak

with Edward Pleasant, baritone, and Dr. Jean Snyder, speaker Saturday, February 13, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Cathedral Prep Auditorium, 250 W. Tenth St.

Madama Butterfly complete opera 

Saturday, March 12, 2016, 7:30 p.m. 

Cathedral Prep Auditorium, 250 W. Tenth St.

ECO on Display with soloists from the orchestra
Saturday, April 23, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 250 W. Seventh St.

Jazz-Paris to Hollywood

Saturday, June 4, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Cathedral Prep Auditorium, 250 W. Tenth St.

Joe Luckey Recital Series

Monday, October 26, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Music From the Golden Age
First United Methodist Church, 707 Sassafras St., Erie, Pa.

The Legacy of Harry T. Burleigh

Monday, February 8, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Cathedral of St. Paul Episcopal, 134 W. Seventh St.

Chamber Music

Monday, April 18, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie, 7180 Perry Highway